I always wanted to write about my favorite sports to show the differences, advantages and disadvantages. People often get fixated on playing only one sport, and grow to hate all others, which is wrong attitude to have. Personally, i like to play and watch Golf, football, Basketball and hockey. Don’t ask me how i find the time to watch all these, i will explain it later in this post. From time to time, i also like to watch soccer, even though it isn’t hugely popular among my friends, so i have no one to discuss it with. But that’s okay, as i usually watch Premier League, the one with British teams. Arguably, it’s also the best of all leagues, as it has way more competition and quality teams, as opposed to Spain, where there are two titans, Barca and Real Madrid, and others are very mediocre. Germany is somewhere in between Spain and Britain, as they have decent teams, but still two very prominent leaders. Italy’s league is also quite interesting, with few strong teams and very passionate fans, but it’s nowhere close to what it used to be. France is catching up, but still nowhere near these three. So, after getting these details out of the way, i’ll talk about what i like about soccer, as opposed to more American Sports.
First of all, i want to start by saying that i like American football as well. But American and European football (which we call soccer) are two wildly different sports. One mostly relies on brute force and speed, while the other is more like an art. If you doubt my statement, just take a look at Leo Messi’s games in his prime days. The magic he does with his legs is nowhere else to be found. Ronaldo, on the other hand, much like American footballers, relies on great physical condition and brute force. There is huge argument in soccer world about which one is better. I personally love both, but if i had to choose, i’d definitely go with Messi, even though he hasn’t been as great in these recent years. I really want to go to Spain to see him play, but the time and financial commitment is just too much to actually do it. I did go to Brazil world cup though, and don’t regret any part of it, including expenses. Speaking of expenses, soccer is also much easier to play, as opposed to golf and other american sports, which require you to invest in top notch children’s clubs to play at professional levels. And a lot of kids don’t have access to that.
I also find it interesting to see countries collide on the sport arenas. In US, we have competition between the states, but it’s not as intriguing as competition between the countries. One major drawback football fans have is that they are very emotional and sometimes get violent. Violence is especially prominent in British fans. By the way, forgot to mention that for some reason, Scotland has its own league, but Wales does not. Their clubs like Swansea play in premier league just like English ones. If i had to pick my favorite football group from UK, it would be Arsenal.